Full-time contract position available April 2, 2012 for a Development Manager (One-Year Maternity Leave Contract)
Soulpepper is an artist-founded, classical repertory company with a three-tiered mandate to present vital Canadian
interpretations of history’s great stories, to train the next generation of theatre artists and to enrich and inspire youth through mentorship and access. Since its inception in 1998, Soulpepper has built:
- A 12 month season of more than 600 performances
- A passionate audience of over 100,000 each year
- An artistic ensemble of 150 established and emerging theatre artists
- A paid residency program for Canadian theatre artists
- A robust portfolio of youth programs, reaching over 8,500 youth annually
- A 46,000 square foot state-of-the-art performing arts facility – the Young Centre for the Performing Arts – which anchors Toronto’s Distillery District
Soulpepper is proud to be North America’s only year-round classical repertory company, a prominent Canadian producer of original work from existing sources, a leading employer of artists in the City of Toronto and a partner in neighborhood education initiatives.
The organization resides in our own permanent facility, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and we will continue to grow our programming and education and outreach activities. Soulpepper is also the managing partner of the Young Centre and is responsible for all Young Centre programming activities.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Manger will plan and execute the Fundraising Campaigns for Soulpepper the Young Centre. The Development Manager will have direct responsibility for specific fundraising projects and appeals within the full development portfolio as well as manage a pool of Donors and Prospects across all giving areas (Corporate, Individual and Foundation). S/he will work collaboratively with the other members of the Development Department and Senior Volunteers (Board of Directors) to the benefit of the Soulpepper and Young Centre for the Performing Arts fundraising goals.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Manages pools of current Donors to ensure a high rate of annual gift and / or sponsorship renewal and develops and executes strategies to increase and upgrade those donations at appropriate intervals
- Manages a pool of Prospects through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of new contributions
- Researches and develops strategies to build Soulpepper’s and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts’ portfolio or Prospects
- Develops and maintains strong relationships with Board Members and Volunteers to achieve the objectives of the development Program, including providing hands on support to Board Members and Volunteers in their solicitation efforts
- As a part of the Development team participates in the creation, execution, evaluation and follow-up of all fundraising events and donor activities
- In collaboration with the Development team determines content for donor communications and provides written content when required
- Attends select Soulpepper and Young Centre performances, receptions and events as required to develop relationships with Donors and Patrons
- other duties as may be required
The successful candidate will have:
- Strong knowledge of fundraising management software, ideally Tessitura
- Hands-on experience in relationship management and donor development
- Superior proficiency in customer service
- Advanced awareness of Canada Revenue Agency policies and procedures governing fundraising.
- Proven skills and knowledge of the Toronto philanthropic and sponsorship community including key organizations and the foundation and corporate donation cycle
- Strong leadership, decision-making, analytical and problem-solving skills
- Excellent planning, organizational, time-management and team building skills
- Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
- Self-starter, detail oriented, flexible
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines
- A passion for the performing arts
- Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends at events and attendance at performances as required throughout the year
- Post-secondary degree or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience
- Four+ years fundraising as a solicitor of Individual Gifts or Corporate Sponsorship, preferably in an arts organization
The Development Manager role represents an opportunity to join a creative and dynamic performing arts organization.
HOW TO APPLY
Only candidates with legal authorization to work in Canada will be considered. Soulpepper is an equal opportunity employer and invites all applicants with proper credentials to apply for the position. Soulpepper thanks all candidates for their interest however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Please send résumé and cover letter (including salary expectations) detailing how you can contribute to these dynamic not for-profit arts organizations by no later than February 17, 2012
Please quote DM12 on the subject line when applying by email.
To: Search Committee – Development Manager
c/o Teri Worthington Coombs, Director of Development
Soulpepper Theatre Company
55 Mill St, Building 49
Toronto ON M5A 3C4